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Published March 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

Photo Gallery: John Beargrease start


A smiling Colleen Wallin gives a fist pump to the audience at the start of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in March 2013. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

  • A smiling Colleen Wallin gives a fist pump to the audience at the start of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in March 2013. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
  • Marathon musher Frank Moe waves to the crowd shortly after leaving the starting line Sunday. Moe is racing less than a month after a collision with a pickup truck during the UP 200 sled dog race in Michigan killed one of his dogs are seriously injured two others. )Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
  • Wearing unusual mushing gear, mid-distance racer Theodosia Schneider passes two spectators on her way to the starting line Sunday. Schneider dressed the way she did to show her support for Mush for a Cure, an annual non-competitive sled dog event along the Gunflint Trail to help raise money to cure breast cancer. Because the Beargrease was rescheduled, Schneider missed the event Saturday. “I wanted to support the event,” she said of her outfit. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
  • Handlers bring mid-distance musher Dusty Klaven’s team to the starting line Sunday. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
  • Handler Jeff Wickstrom puts a bootie on Skandic, one of marathon musher Amanda Voegl’s dogs. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
  • Bridger, one of marathon racer David Gordon’s dogs, gets on the level of Yisela Ortega, 9, to be petted. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
  • A harnessed sled dog howls, adding to the pre-race excitement Sunday. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
  • Marathon musher Nathan Schroeder was the first racer on the trail Sunday. He won the marathon in 2010. In 2011 he finished second, crossing the finish line 20 seconds behind Ryan Anderson, who isn’t running the race this year. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)